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SteriPEN JourneyLCD Handheld Purifier
Every backcountry traveler has their tried-and-true methods for sanitizing drinking water. Some swear by iodine tablets, others use pump filters, boiled water or chlorine bleach, to eliminate harmful parasites and bacteria.
These days though, Teva-wearing backpackers aren’t the only ones who want to make sure the water they’re drinking pollutant-free. Many of us have an in-house UV filtration system for our daily drinking water and carry a BPA-free or stainless steel water bottle for running around.
But, what’s an eco-conscious traveler to do when they’re off exploring the world in places like Asia, Central America or Africa where plastic bottled water is often your only alternative? Me? I carry a SteriPEN JourneyLCD handheld Ultraviolet light purifier.
It’s fast (16oz. in 48-secs), lightweight (5 oz), easy (just one button) and effective (proven to destroy viruses, bacteria and protozoa). Oh, and did I mention it runs on rechargeable batteries, purifying 1 liter of water for less than $0.02 USD? Take THAT you 3-Euro bottle of San Pellegrino! And, even better, because the pen uses light, instead of chemicals, there’s no chemical aftertaste like tablets or drops can cause.
I’m hooked. Whether I’m day hiking in the mountains of New Mexico, sightseeing in Marrakech or shopping in Paris, I have the SteriPEN in my bag.
The LCD screen displays the dose selection (1/2 liter or 1 liter), battery status and time remaining countdown to completion (showing the progress of the water purification process) and lasts for 10,000 treatments. In addition, the pen tracks the number of uses and the LCD screen, illustrates the lamp life bar which blinks when the lamp usage approaches 10,000 cycles.
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